Cody Parkey may be the most hated man in Chicago. The criticism from Bears fans has poured in from the moment his missed the potential game-winning kick against the Philadelphia Eagles, and it’s going to be hard for him to shake this one off.
As he was leaving the field after the game, the boos rained down on him, as if he didn’t already feel bad enough.
It’s hard not to feel a little bad for Parkey. One missed kick in a critical moment will define his reputation among Bears fans, despite hitting three field goals earlier in the game.
He’s been a disappointment since signing his four-year, $15 million contract, but general manager Ryan Pace can’t get out of it very easily at this point.
If the Bears released him this offseason, they would lose just over a million dollars in cap space because of the guaranteed money still owed to him on the contract.
So boo him all you want, Bears fans, but you’re likely stuck with him for at least another season.
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NFL.com recently ranked all of the league's head coaches, because the football season may end but creating content never will.
The top tier consists of all the usual suspects ... except for the guy that literally won the league's award for best coach last season.
Matt Nagy came in at 14 on this list, and not even the highest-ranked NFC North coach. The reasoning is a tad suspect; here's what they had to say:
Matt Nagy more than delivered in his first year as the Bears' head coach, taking Chicago to the postseason for the first time since the 2010 season. What's interesting about Nagy is that his side of the ball is offense, and prior to getting hired by the Bears, he was known for his work with quarterbacks in Kansas City. Yet, it was Vic Fangio's defense that did most of the heavy lifting to get Chicago to the playoffs. A head coach does much more than run one side of the ball, though. In fact, some of them don't do that at all. They run the office, in some respects. Nagy clearly set a tone in the building, so to speak, which should not be taken lightly. Nor should Nagy's work with Mitch Trubisky, who showed improvement from Year 1 to Year 2. Why is Reich ahead of Rivera but not Nagy? Well, Nagy has yet to achieve postseason success and had stronger personnel than Reich did in 2018.
Is this fair? Probably not! But is this important? Definitely not! Still - give your incumbent COY some more love, NFL. Club Dub! Yelling boom! The visors!